PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2021) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is looking to make it three wins from three matches against the New York Red Bulls II when they travel to Montclair, N.J. for a 7 p.m. match Friday at MSU Soccer Park. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.
Coming off a hard-fought, 1-0 home win over Loudoun United FC last Saturday that saw Russell Cicerone score his team-leading sixth goal of the season, the Hounds (7-4-3) aim to keep their momentum going with a series of games against fellow Atlantic Division title contenders looming. The Hounds won 3-0 at Red Bulls II on May 28 and 2-1 against them at home on June 25.
Reinforcements have arrived for the Hounds back line, as center backs Mekeil Williams and Jelani Peters rejoined the team in training Tuesday after playing for Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Both made the trip with the team and could play Friday.
New York (3-6-4) has been a team in improved form recently. The Baby Bulls are 2-1-2 in their past five matches, with the lone loss being the June 25 match in Pittsburgh.
Most recently, New York drew 2-2 with Hartford on July 10. Their team was scheduled to host Charlotte last weekend, but the match was postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test within the New York organization. Red Bulls II was able to return to training this week, and Friday’s match is slated to go on as planned.
Because of the postponed match, New York will be without starting defender Emir Tombul against the Hounds because of his suspension for being sent off in the draw with Hartford.
All-time, the Hounds are 8-7-1 against Red Bulls II, a result of winning the past four meetings between the sides.